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By MATTHEW HAY BROWN and MATTHEW HAY BROWN,SUN REPORTER | July 8, 2006
On July 7, 1806, a procession of priests and "junior ecclesiastics" led Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore to the southwestern corner of the hilltop plot that would be the site of America's first Catholic cathedral. Carroll sprinkled the first foundation stone with "blessed water," according to one account, while the assembled clergy repeated the 127th Psalm: "Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." They sang "Veni, Creator Spiritus," a hymn invoking the Holy Spirit.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2010
At St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore, the most ardent sports fan is the one on the bench in a black habit and veil. If the Panthers are playing, Sister John Francis Schilling, president of the East Baltimore school, is cheering. "She's like another coach or a general manager on the sidelines," said Mark Karcher, boys basketball coach. "If I have a bad game, she will get on me. " Sister Schilling also keeps the stats and writes a weekly blog detailing nuances of the games. "I keep record of the rebounds, assists, turnovers and steals," she said.
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By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER | April 9, 2006
To the people who live in Annapolis, there's probably no such thing as too many trees. With almost 40 percent of the city covered by trees, Mayor Ellen O. Moyer and the Annapolis Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs are trying to ensure that the lush canopy is maintained - one tree at a time. To that end, city officials are planning several events this month in the run-up to National Arbor Day, April 28, when they will unveil a roof covered with greenery at Back Creek Nature Park on Edgewood Road.
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By Tom Pelton and Mary Gail Hare and Tom Pelton and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 14, 2005
Pierce John Flanigan Jr., former president of the construction company founded by his grandfather in 1885, died of an infection Friday at his home near Gibson Island. He was 93. A longtime resident of Baltimore and Anne Arundel County, Mr. Flanigan led the family-owned construction company, P. Flanigan and Sons Inc., and was a former president of the Maryland Highway Contractors Association. He also was a leader of efforts to help the poor and sick through Catholic service organizations.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2004
With their main sanctuary still off-limits yesterday - waterlogged and scarred by fire and smoke - members of Northwest Baptist Church crammed into a too-small space in their fellowship center and prayed. The room was sparse - with white folding chairs instead of pews, no organ, and small TV monitors in place of the giant screen used by the high-tech congregation to broadcast words of worship and song. But none of that seemed to faze those who came to the Reisterstown church to listen and sing and praise the good timing and small miracles they believed saved the church from burning to the ground after its steeple was struck by lightning Wednesday.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | May 20, 1998
MOSCOW -- Faith brought a thousand people to an old war monument here yesterday, faith in the redemptive power of a man who in life was loving, mild and inadequate.In death, the murdered Czar Nicholas II has become something else altogether. Above the priests and uniformed Cossacks and kerchiefed old women who came to mark his 130th birthday, the banners flapping in the warm breeze bore his likeness as if that of an icon."I think the czar fulfilled his mission, which was like Christ's," said Valentina Shatskaya.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 15, 2002
For movie lovers, there's no reason to see John Q. except during a fit of insomnia when it shows up on late-night cable. All that makes it bearable in the theater is the anger it sets off in the audience over America's medical mismanagement. Remember the crack about HMOs that brought down the house in As Good As It Gets? John Q. uses outrage over our health care system to fuel an entire two-hour hostage drama. The spluttering it rouses from insurance-burned viewers has far more vitality than the actual content of the movie.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter | October 1, 2007
The two-hour Mass of Installation of Baltimore's new archbishop this afternoon will include long-standing traditions and symbols of the Catholic Church. Rituals for the service are spelled out in the Ceremonial of Bishops, a Vatican guide, said Monsignor Robert J. Jaskot, chancellor of the archdiocese, who is planning the installation of Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien. About 1,800 people are expected to attend. At 1:10 p.m., the ceremony will begin just inside the door of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in North Baltimore, where O'Brien will be greeted by the cathedral's rector, Monsignor Robert A. Armstrong.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2004
For die-hard boccie players, winters in Baltimore have typically meant a gloomy hiatus from Little Italy's outdoor courts. What Baltimore lacked, many lamented, was an indoor boccie court - like the kinds some of the players had competed on in tournaments as far away as Canada. That all changed yesterday in the gymnasium of a church in Highlandtown. Including the Little Italy regulars and a foursome from Delaware, boccie players descended on Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church off Conkling Street for the opening - and blessing - of what organizers called the first regulation-size indoor court in Maryland.
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By Patrick Ercolano and Patrick Ercolano,Evening Sun Staff | October 3, 1991
Building a ministry in SandtownA group of young white suburbanites came to West Baltimore's Sandtown area in 1988 to establish a Christian ministry called New Song Fellowship. One of the group's goals was to start a Habitat for Humanity housing program in the poor, predominantly black community.Three years later, the Sandtown Habitat for Humanity has rebuilt four vacant houses with volunteer labor and privately donated funding and materials, and then sold them at cost to local families. The monthly mortgage payment for each house is about $200.
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